Fourteen teams are moving on to the next stage of the inaugural FIDO Developer Challenge. The FIDO Alliance first announced the Challenge back in June, hoping to build on the success of its Korea Working Group Hackathons in prior years and to scale the concept on a global stage.
The 14 teams reflect that broader scope. They represent eight different countries, with teams from the US, Japan, Canada, France, India, Malaysia, and Vietnam joining holdovers from South Korea. Six of those teams come from the academic sector, while another six are ventures that are still in their early stages. The final two teams are individual developers.
In the implementation stage, the teams will have the opportunity to network with the sponsors of the Challenge, and with other members of the FIDO development community. The W3C WebAuthn Adoption Community Group has set up a private Discord Channel for the purpose, creating a virtual hub where participants can meet with mentors. The virtual lounges will host Q&As, and mentors will offer technical support to help the teams advance their projects.
The Alliance has yet to share any details about the nature of those projects, indicating only that they will reveal more about the submissions as the review process continues. However, the Challenge asked teams to submit ideas that use FIDO authentication technologies in a novel way, so the submissions could improve user experiences in a number of different industries.
The implementation phase will wrap up before the end of August, at which point the judges will step in to evaluate the demos and final presentations. Those evaluations will be completed in early September, and the top three entries will be announced by the middle of the month. The overall winner will then be announced on October 20 at the Alliance’s Authenticate conference in Seattle. All three of the top teams will have the opportunity to pitch their project to early stage investors.